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The EU Commission issues its proposal to create wideranging powers to tackle non-EU subsidies which may distort competition in the Single Market

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On May 5 the European Commission issued its proposal to create wide-ranging powers to tackle non-European subsidies which may distort competition in Europe. The proposal introduces three different regimes:

- An ex officio investigation up to 10 years after the subsidy was received.
- A mandatory notification regime for M&A if one of the parties is established in the EU.
- A mandatory notification for companies bidding in certain public procurement procedures.

The proposal will now go into the legislative process which will no doubt spur significant debate since it reflects a growing protectionist sentiment in the EU—but may at the same time be seen as a threat to incoming foreign investment.

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